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Hello all...

I am hoping I can get some ideas here.. I just graduated from a BSN program a couple of weeks ago. I plan to take my NCLEX in Feb and I would like to get a job after that but my husband is getting transferred to another state with his job in April.. I live in a very small town and most of the HR people at our local hospital know I am moving so I don't think I will be able to get a job just until april.. I was just wondering if any of you took that much time off before getting your first job.. I am a little nervous about it.. I spoke to one of my instructors and she said "umm.. perhaps you have heard of a little something called a 'nursing shortage' you will not have trouble finding a job when you get there." That made me feel better but I still feel like I will be wasting time.. Does anyone have any suggestions? Should I start looking for a job at my new location??

Thanks!

I think beginning to network at your new location is a great idea. FInd the hospitals, contact the recruiters etc.

in the meanwhile, why not work for a temp agency? In my area at least, there are a number of nursing temp agencies. Maybe you can keep busy that way until you move.

We don't have nursing temp agencies around here.. It is a pretty small town.. The only places to work are the hospital and the clinic and everyone knows everyone if you know what I mean.. ;) My main concern is that they would not hire me since they would still need to orient me (which would take as long as it would to move)... I actually did interview before I graduated and they told me that I was not going to be here long enough.. Do you or anyone else know about interning.. Is that a possibility? As in not getting paid but still doing RN work? I would love to do something like that but I don't know about the legal aspects of it..

I am not sure about it either. Maybe you can volunteer? Sorry, I don't know what else to suggest.

Daytonite, BSN, RN

Has 40 years experience. Specializes in med/surg, telemetry, IV therapy, mgmt.

Does your state allow you to work as an RN under an interim permit until you pass your test and get your license? If so, start looking for a job now. Then work until April comes up. And, I won't be popular for saying this, I wouldn't let my employer know what my plans about moving were. Let them think it's something that came up at the last minute.

traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS

Has 27 years experience. Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU.

My husband was military and we moved a lot. I think I would stick with networking with the next state, talking to the BON about licensure requirements and finding out about the hospitals in that area. There were several times that I moved either ahead of or behind my husband because of jobs/school, etc. Is that an option? If it is, I would suggest taking boards ASAP and then moving to the next state...you wouldn't be separated very long at all.

Does your state allow you to work as an RN under an interim permit until you pass your test and get your license? If so, start looking for a job now. Then work until April comes up. And, I won't be popular for saying this, I wouldn't let my employer know what my plans about moving were. Let them think it's something that came up at the last minute.

They already know I am moving.. I did my management rotation at the hospital here in town and they all asked me my plans and I stupidly told them... At the time I thought I was moving in February.. They ALL know I am moving.. Every floor.. This town is ridiculously small.. There is one recruiter at the hospital.. The way it works is you interview with ALL the managers of the floors that are hiring then they decide amongst themeselves if they want to offer you a position.. So they are all in cahoots with each other.. very strange.. So anyway.. if ONE, knows--they all know.. One of the OB docs was trying to get me a job on the floor and a lot of the nurses were trying to get them to hire me but they all said that they could not train someone that was moving..

I did learn my lesson though.. I will never tell anyone I am moving again!! Next time I will definitely let them think it is something that just came up..

My husband was military and we moved a lot. I think I would stick with networking with the next state, talking to the BON about licensure requirements and finding out about the hospitals in that area. There were several times that I moved either ahead of or behind my husband because of jobs/school, etc. Is that an option? If it is, I would suggest taking boards ASAP and then moving to the next state...you wouldn't be separated very long at all.

Thanks... I am going to go this route.. My hubby is also military and we will be moving every 2-3 years until he retires in 8 years.. I am not concerned about being seperated, I am just worried about working nightshift with just me and my DD in our new place while DH is not around. He works 24 shifts at this base so she could not stay here with him either.. Ugh.. the life of a military spouse! haha.. Thanks for your advice!!!

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